Friday, 28 September 2012


No, I'm not cross. This is from my Watching the Wheels Blog.

The RNLI has saved more than 139,000 lives since its foundation in 1824 and continues its work as a voluntary organisation free from governmment funding (and interference). Many people take to the waters with no experience or training and get into difficulties, putting volunteers lives at risk as well as their own. It's a taken-for-granted that anyone can buy a boat and go out to sea (or on Inland Waterways)  - almost like it's our birthright as an island race.

RNLI check a flooded campsite, September 24 2012
 It's not just those who use the beaches and offshore waters who benefit from RNLI services. During the recent floods in the UK, RNLI crews have been involved in rescues that are often miles from the coast. Recent years have seen a significant expansion of the service, with the introduction of RNLI lifeguards and the first lifeboat station on an inland waterway, both in 2001.

RNLI team - Tenby Ironman 2012

 RNLI also provides Lifeguards on the UK's beaches and safety teams for athletes. It was fitting, therefore, that there was  a team of athletes racing to raise funds for RNLI at IronmanWales in Tenby. The crowd gave great support throughout the race, encouraging each athlete by name. Ultimate Challenge athletes, Kate and Charlie Stannett raised money (collected through Just Giving) during Tenby Ironman for the RNLI.

RNLI relies on donations, so give what you can when you can.